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Care home residents are forgoing healthcare appointments because of a requirement to self-isolate for 14 days after leaving the home for certain visits, campaigners have warned.

John’s Campaign is calling for the requirement, set out in Government guidance, to be urgently scrapped for all visits out, including external medical appointments and overnight stays.

This week, the Government removed the rule for care home residents leaving the home for “low risk” outdoor visits, such as walks or sitting in a garden.

But the supplementary guidance, issued over the weekend, did not cover visits for medical appointments or overnight stays with family members.

It followed a threat of legal action from John’s Campaign, which said it encouraged care homes to act unlawfully by “falsely imprisoning” residents.

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